Local Alcohol Policies in Canterbury

Development of Local Alcohol Policies in Canterbury

Alcohol-related harm places significant cost and pressure on our health system and other services. With better alcohol controls in place this burden can be reduced, allowing resources to be re-directed to meet the most important challenges facing the region.

Every Territorial Local Authority (TLA) in Canterbury are now able to develop legally enforceable Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs) and consult on these with their community. This is a real opportunity to highlight our concerns and make a meaningful difference to the way alcohol is sold in the region.

Ashburton District Council's Local Alcohol Policy

Currently the Ashburton District Council's LAP is notified, and awaiting a appeal hearing.

Download the Ashburton District Council's Provisional Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

Download the Ashburton District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) [PDF].

Download the CDHB submission on the Ashburton Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

The key policies proposed in Ashburton's draft LAP are:

  • A one-way door restriction will be put in place on all bars, pubs and clubs from 1am. This means patrons will not be able to enter (or re-enter) a licensed premises after 1am. If you are already in a bar, you are able to stay there until closing time.  
  • Off-licence premises such as bottle stores and supermarkets will be allowed to sell alcohol only between the hours of 8am and 9pm.
  • Duty managers will be required to be on-site at BYO restaurants
  • Duty managers will be required to be on-site at club licensed premises (e.g. sports clubs) when alcohol is being consumed and there are 20 or more people present.

Christchurch City Council's Local Alcohol Policy

Currently the Christchurch City Council's LAP is notified, and awaiting an appeal hearing.

The Christchurch City Council's draft LAP is one of the most progressive around minimising alcohol-related harm in the country.  The DHB and the Police were instrumental in the development of the draft, and advocated for reducing the hours that alcohol can be sold.

Download or read a copy of the Christchurch City Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) [PDF].

Download the CDHB submission on the CCC Draft Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

The key policies proposed in Christchurch's draft LAP are:

  • Maximum trading hours for all off-licenses of 9am - 9pm (except hotel mini-bars which remain 24 hours per day);
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses within a small designated CBD entertainment precinct of 8am - 3am (the following day) with a mandatory 'one-way door' at 1am;
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses outside the 'entertainment precinct' of 8am - 1am (the following day) with the option of a 'one-way door' by 'discretionary condition' as required.

Hurunui District Council Local Alcohol Policy

Currently the Hurunui District Council's LAP is notified, and awaiting an appeal hearing.

Download or read a copy of the Hurunui District Council's Provisional Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

Download or read a copy of the Hurunui District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) [PDF].

Download the CDHB submission on the Hurunui District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

The key policies proposed in Hurunui's provisional LAP are:

  • Maximum trading hours for all off-licenses of 7am - 10pm (except hotel mini-bars which remain 24 hours per day);
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses at taverns and hotels including if they are 'restaurant style of 8am to 2am, reduced to midnight for outsie licensed areas unless otherwise 1approved by the District Licensing Committee;
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses for clubs of 8am to 10pm Sunday to Friday, and 8am to midnight on Saturday.

Kaikoura District Council Local Alcohol Policy

Currently the Kaikoura District Council's LAP is awaiting notification.

Download a copy of the Kaikoura District Council's 2013 Provisional Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

Download or read a copy of the Kaikoura District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) [PDF].

Download the CDHB submission on the Kaikoura District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

The key policies proposed in Kaikoura's draft LAP are:

  • Maximum trading hours for all off-licenses of 8am - 10pm (except hotel mini-bars which remain 24 hours per day) with this extended to 11pm if associated with an on-license premise;
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses at taverns and hotels of 7am - 1am, reduced to midnight if they are 'restaurant style'
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses for clubs of 6.30pm - 10pm Monday to Thursday, and noon - 11pm on Friday to Sunday.

Selwyn District Council's Local Alcohol Policy

Currently the Selwyn District Council's LAP is notified, and an appeal is in progress.

Download a copy of the Selwyn District Council's 2013 Provisional Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

Download or read a copy of the Selwyn District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) [PDF].

Download the CDHB submission on the Selwyn District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

The key policies proposed in Selwyn's provisional LAP are:

  • Maximum trading hours for all off-licenses of 7am - 9pm (except hotel mini-bars which remain 24 hours per day);
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses at taverns and hotels of 7am - 1am;
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses at restaurants and cafes of 7am - 1am

Waimakariri District Council's Local Alcohol Policy

The Waimakariri District Council's LAP is finalised.

Download or read a copy of the Waimakariri District Council's Draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).

Download the CDHB submission on the Waimakariri Draft Local Alcohol Policy [PDF].

The key policies proposed in Waimakariri's draft LAP were:

  • Maximum trading hours for all off-licenses of 7am - 10pm (except hotel mini-bars which remain 24 hours per day);
  • Maximum trading hours for on-licenses of 8am - 11pm Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch